El Torito - Cypress

4.2
263 reviews
$30 and under
Mexican
The authority in great Mexican food for more than 65 years. Offering a memorable experience to make each guest feel like family.
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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
14 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience3

My nephew was on leave from the Air Force and we wanted to all get together as a family. El Torrito was able to accommodate our ever expanding group on short notice. We had a great time, the service was a bit slow but the restaurant was packed and now that the buffet isn’t self-serve it just takes a bit longer. The wait staff was so friendly and helpful, we were there quite a while and we never felt rushed which was nice since we were a party of 20.

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LisaM
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Food is great
Fajitas number 1 in the list!!!
Server was great !

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vipMitchC
Los Angeles
69 reviews
Dined on 10 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service

LD
LuckyDad
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on 1 January 2022
Overall3food2service2ambience4

Food for the four of us took very long. The food likely waited for our server to get it, since everyone in our group had lukewarm entrees. The alcoholic beverages tasted ok—average. It was not crowded .

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James
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2021
Overall3food5service5ambience4

The host was not being very helpful and acted like he was trying to get rid of us. we had a reservation and showed up a few minutes early. He told us because of new covid restrictions we would have to wait at least an hour for our reservation. We asked if we could wait in the bar and have a drink he told us yes but that they could not serve food in the bar because of restrictions. We said we would go in and wait for our table in there he was mad but said go ahead. As we went into the bar area several tables had food and others had menus for food. The waitress offered us menus and asked if we wanted to order food. Our waitress was very nice did a great job and was very helpful. The host about 30 mins later brought people in and sat them at tables in the bar area and gave them menus. He just looked at us and walked away.

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vipDeedee
Palm Springs
31 reviews
Dined on 25 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ate in the bar and he was amazing! Thank you!!

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CRUZT
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on 25 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My family and I always come to this location is still pretty good with friendly servers and understanding supervisors.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 25 December 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Terrible! We had a 5:30pm reservation and we didn't get seated until 6:00pm. I asked the hostess what was taking so long and she said if I don't want to wait I could go somewhere else. This was very disrespectful and then she said we were harassing her, which I thought was totally out of line. After that I talked to management and finally got seated. They didn't take our order for an hour and half after we sat down. When they did take our order they brought the food out 3 plates at a time and gave the wrong food to people at our table. It was all around the worst dinning experience I have ever had.

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GregoryM
1 review
Dined on 25 December 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

My steak was undercooked but the waiter and customer service was outstanding.

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aggiem
Orange County
1 review
Dined on 25 December 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We avoided the crowd by having an early reservation. Food was very good and plentiful. Staff was fantastic. Very helpful with everything including taking [pictures.
Everyone was very pleased with the experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on 24 December 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We made a reservation and when we got there at our reservation time they told us we had to wait 45 minutes and once we sit down at the table it will be another hour and a half before we would get our food. Ridiculous!

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AlisonB
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on 22 December 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience4

This location is not as good as it used to be - quality of food and service- wise.

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MWard
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

After heavily pushing the lunch buffet, the two people in our group who wished to order from the menu had to wait a long time to have their order taken and even longer for a simple quesadilla & fries to be delivered. We kind of felt abandoned.

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ShannaG
1 review
Dined on 26 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good experience at El Torito Cypress location! Food was yummy and we went to celebrate a family member's birthday. With putting "Birthday" in the reservation, it was great that the server remarked about it and they sang "Happy Birthday". Good experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on 21 November 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience3

Went to Sunday Brunch. Food didn't taste fresh at all. Everything tasted old. The el torito in Lakewood was 100 times better with fresh food. Love el torito but don't understand why today was so bad.

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JaclynR
1 review
Dined on 18 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The server was great last night. We are a book club and had separate checks and took care of use perfectly.

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vipimafoodcritic
Sacramento
51 reviews
Dined on 14 November 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Not the greatest experience. Several issues and had to ask for too much that should’ve been automatic or correct the first time.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on 14 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food

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SuperDave
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Food was cold, messy. Service was non existent. Waited twenty min just to pay the bill. I will never go back to that location.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on 16 October 2021
Overall3food5service5ambience5

We love our local el torito and always make reservations through Open Table. I was a little disappointed that we had an 8 PM reservation and weren’t seated till about 845-850.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 14 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My sons 9th birthday

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Okay
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

It’s good for large groups for last minute Sunday brunch reservations.

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vipJenniferG
Orange County
24 reviews
Dined on 30 September 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Alfredo was amazing . We had a great time s thank you Alfredo for a great service !!!

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Lizeth
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great, I will defeatedly come back for Sunday brunch.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service from Carolina!

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vipJenniferG
Orange County
24 reviews
Dined on 24 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Another amazing time with friends with great service of Arturo

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TerrieB
Orange County
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience3

the food wasn't cook very good, I had carna steak which had the membrane left on it really bad taste, this is my second time getting with that bad meat, never again
food isn't coming out hot just warn, I guess not enough servers

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MarcellaD
Orange County
17 reviews
Dined on 19 September 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Me and my 4 friends were placed in a corner , and no air flow that was pretty disappointing to me and friends , beer in bar was flat and only 1 bartender so service there was slow

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience4

Beware of the service charge on your receipt.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 3 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good delicious

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MadieMae
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

We were seated on the patio. A nice day, the service with our waiter was OK. Nothing exceptional our wait time for the food was not bad. Overall I would go back for a dish I love. But the service could be a little better.

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Terri
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great! The food was great, as was the waiter!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on 22 August 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

In CoVid unfortunately they are under staffed and the workers unfortunately can’t handle all the customers. Very sad. They are doing the best they can… dinner took about 3 hours!

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Micklo
1 review
Dined on 15 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice and friendly. Made reservations online and walked right in.

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Prncss29
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on 15 August 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Loved filling out omelette order from table, pancakes were delicious

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 15 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for brunch with family! Everyone from the front door to the food servers were all friendly! Good was amazing, it wasn’t packed and everyone was seated spaced out! Will definitely be back!

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EricaH
1 review
Dined on 5 August 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

It was busy, took about a half hour to have our order taken. The food was good, our server was nice.

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MadieMae
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on 30 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a wonderful server, Maritza. Maritza took very good care of us. The food was great and the price was fair.
Everything was great except one thing. It wasn't anyone's fault but we had two annoying flies, flying around us and the other table. Until my husband swatted one and scared off the other. Overall, it was great!!

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MadieMae
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience3

We arrived 10 minutes early we were seated about 15 minutes after the arrival time. we had a waitress that wasn’t too friendly and she seem as though she had an attitude.

Our food was good we were outside on the patio and it was OK. the tables were old and on leveling and it just could’ve been better overall. I would go back again trying a new server and sitting on the patio with a better table.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on 23 July 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience2

Even though I had a reservation and checked in on time, there was no table available for us.

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You can order delivery directly from El Torito - Cypress using the Order Online button. El Torito - Cypress also offers delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. El Torito - Cypress also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (714) 761-8155.

El Torito - Cypress is rated 4.2 stars by 263 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.